Basic Biographical Details
|Name: ||Stanley George Owen |
|Designation: ||Architect |
|Born: ||5 July 1918 |
|Died: ||13 July 2011 |
|Bio Notes: ||Stanley George Owen was born in Birmingham on 5 July 1918. He served an apprenticeship under Tolson Murray Ashford, Deputy Director of the Birmingham School of Architecture from 1934, and produced a thesis on the history of Jerusalem. After qualifying, he found employment in Coventry City Architect's Department. He was admitted ARIBA in 1943. |
He moved to Scotland in 1948 to take up a position with Fife County Architects in Cupar, where he specialised in housing and new schools. In 1954 he moved to the practice of Walter Alison & Hutchison in Kirkcaldy, and he moved to Edinburgh with the same firm, by then named Alison & Hutchison & Partners, later that decade.
In March 1961 he was appointed manager of the Glasgow branch office of the Surrey-based firm Boissevain & Osmond, where he remained until his retirement in July 1983. Whilst there, he served for ten years as Secretary of the Glasgow Institute of Architects.
Owen loved travelling, and took architectural tours to Finland, Brazil, the USA, Argentina, India, Hong Kong and Japan. He also travelled widely as a missionary for the Christadelphian Church between 1950 and 1999, making over 100 visits to 38 countries. To assist him in this work, he learnt Norwegian and Esperanto, becoming fluent in both.
His personal interests included oil and watercolour painting and golf, the latter a passion developed in his sixties following an introduction to the sport at Gleneagles. His favourite course was Pebble Beach, California.
Failing health caused him and his wife Dorothy, whom he had married in March 1941, to move to Bournemouth. He died on 13 July 2011, survived by Dorothy, son Martin and daughter Meryl and their respective families.
Private and Business Addresses
|The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:|
| ||Address||Type||Date from||Date to||Notes|
|Birmingham, England||Private||1918||After 1934||Place of birth|
|1, Bridge Street, West Newport, Fife, Scotland||Private/business(?)||1950 *|| || |
|12, Clairmont Gradens, Glasgow, Scotland||Business||1964 *|| || |
|Kimberley House, Somerset Place, Glasgow, Scotland||Business||1970 *||After 1979|| |
|Kimberley House, Somerset Place, Glasgow, Scotland||Business||Before 1970||After 1979||office manager, for Boissevain & Osmond|
|23, Westbourne Crescent, Glasgow, Scotland||Private||1987 *|| || |
* earliest date known from documented sources.
Employment and Training
Buildings and Designs
|This architect was involved with the following buildings or structures from the date specified (click on an item to view details):|
| ||Date started||Building name||Town, district or village||Island||City or county||Country||Notes|
|1955||Whitburn Primary School||Whitburn|| ||West Lothian||Scotland||By Walter Alison and Hutchison. S G Owen named as architect in charge|
|The following books contain references to this architect:|
|RIBA||1950||The RIBA Kalendar 1950-1951|| ||London: Royal Institute of British Architects|| |
|RIBA||1964||The RIBA Kalendar 1963-64|| || || |
|RIBA||1970||RIBA Directory 1970|| || || |
|RIBA||1979||Directory of members|| || || |
|RIBA||1987||RIBA Directory of Members 1987|| || || |
|The following periodicals contain references to this architect:|
| ||Periodical Name||Date||Edition||Publisher||Notes|
|RIAS Quarterly||2011||Autumn||Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS)||pp 96-7: obituary|